The Colts sent out their seven seniors a winner tonight at the Colt Corral with a one sided 34-8 victory, over the visiting West Holmes Knights.
“It was really important for us to get a win for our senior class here tonight,” Clear Fork Head Coach Dave Carroll said.
The Colts wasted no time jumping out to an early 7-0 lead after recovering a fumbled kickoff return from West Holmes.
Clear Fork’s opening drive was capped off by a 6-yard scoring run from junior running back Mason Back, who was just getting started.
The Knights answered the Clear Fork touchdown with a scoring drive of their own, which ended on a 4-yard run from freshman running back Cale Ogi.
The Colts widened their early game lead on a 42-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Thomas Staab, as he found Back for his second score of the contest.
It was Back again who found his way into the endzone for Clear Fork as he picked-off a pass from Knight quarterback Connor Roach, making it 20-8 in favor of the home team at the midway point of the contest.
The second half was again all Clear Fork, as Back took the half’s opening kick 92-yards for his fourth touchdown of the game.
A stout team defensive effort from Clear Fork, held the Knights to no second half points and resulted in four fumble recoveries on the contest.
Favorable field position and an offensive breakout performance from Back, sealed the win for the Colts, as he once again found pay-dirt on a 42-yard pass from Staab.
“Mason had his best game of the season last week,” Carroll said. “He topped it tonight.”
A late game, 30-yard run from Staab put him over the 1,000-yard rushing mark on the year.
Following Staab’s run, the Colts gave two rushing attempt to senior Issac Roberts near the goal-line as he nearly scored on both tries.
Despite Back’s effort to score his sixth TD on the game, the Colts turned the ball over on downs near the end-zone. However, West Holmes could not mount any offensive output and Clear Fork was able to shut out the Knights in the final half of the season.
The victory halted a six game losing skid for Clear Fork and marked their first Ohio Cardinal Conference win.
“We needed that one to end the season on a good note,” Carroll said. “It’s important for our guys coming back next year.”
The team finished up the season with 3-7 record overall and a 1-6 record in OCC play.
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